Louisiana State Police officer was found dead in Ascension Parish.
A Louisiana police officer was found dead in Ascension Parish Saturday night as law enforcement officers swept across the region to search for a suspect in the murder of one person and the shooting of several others.
The New Orleans Department of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it assisted at the scene where the officer was found dead and confirmed that the death was linked to “a hunt for an armed man tied to multiple shootings in several parishes this weekend. “
ATF did not disclose information about how the officer died or how the suspect was specifically linked to the officer’s death.
Authorities spent Saturday searching for Matthew Mire, 31, who is suspected of breaking into a home and shooting two people in Prairieville around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Joseph Schexnayder, 43, and Pamela Adair, 37, were both taken to the hospital, where Adair later died. Schexnayder is in critical but stable condition, the sheriff’s office said.
Just hours earlier, in nearby Livingston Parish, Mire is suspected of breaking into another home and shooting two other people. In that incident, a woman was shot twice in the arm and leg, and a man was shot once in the arm. Both are expected to recover, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said.
“The couple tells detectives they heard a noise outside their home. They then witnessed someone barge in through their front door and fired shots,” Ard said. “We do not believe this is a random shooting. It is assumed that Mire was aware of the victims.”
Mire is believed to have stolen a blue 2013 Chevrolet Silverado from that scene, authorities said.
At 5 a.m., a Louisiana state trooper tried to stop a pickup truck in the East Baton Rouge Parish when they were shelled from the driver, authorities say. The officer was not hit, but police believe the driver was Mire.
Mire is considered armed and dangerous, police said.